nounchiefly North American
Members of the news media considered as a class.
- But members of the elite commentariat are presented to the public as if they are mainstream - which of course they are not.
- In the case of mainstream media the debate is largely conducted between members of the commentariat on their terms within the confines of their own agenda.
- Yesterday's white bread speech was cleverly pitched over the heads of the commentariat and the lobby groups, straight into middle class lounge rooms.
Late 20th century: blend of commentary and proletariat.
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